Detroit Public Television Salutes Dick Purtan
September 23, 2022
On September 15, Detroit Public Television's WTVS-TV debuted a one-hour documentary, "Detroit Remember When | A Tribute To Long-Time Detroit Personality And Philanthropist Dick Purtan."
This special documentary highlights Purtan’s life on and off the air, told through audio and video clips, archival film and interviews with Purtan, his family, friends and colleagues. The 60-minute documentary film features some of the most memorable moments from Purtan’s top-rated morning show, including his infamous “Put-on Calls,” where he entertained generations of Detroiters with a whimsical mix of radio satire, one liners and dead pans delivered to his audience each day along with his “Purtan’s People” ensemble cast and crew.
In addition to his successful radio career, the film looks back on Purtan’s community outreach on behalf of the many charities he supported and the ways he used his position of influence behind the microphone to help the less fortunate.
Watch "Detroit Remember When: A Tribute To Long-Time Detroit Personality And Philanthropist Dick Purtan" online here.